We have been anticipating Intel’s third generation (G3 code) SSDs for quite a while now. They were due to be released late last year, or at least they were initially.
AnandTech has a great review of the interim product release of the Intel SSD 510 Series that utilizes a third party’s controller (Marvell) but still relies on Intel 34nm (G2 code) NAND.
Note the initial lackluster performance reports in the review. Though, later on in the article AnandTech goes through a series of built in-house performance tests that show the Intel SSD 510 to be a much stronger performer.
So far, we have been installing the 160GB Intel X25-M SSD into almost all laptops that go out the shop door due to their exponential performance increase over a standard spindle based hard disk.
Since most, if not all, of our clients host their data on an SBS server and the 160GB of space more than meets our client’s laptop storage needs needs we will be hard pressed to install a 250GB Intel 510 Series SSD (currently around $695/unit).
For now, we will wait to see what the third generation SSDs bring to market.
In the mean time we are looking into sourcing an OCZ 240GB Vertex 3! :)
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book